This year at Hajj 2023 the number of Hajj Pilgrims who traveled to Mecca saw a record-breaking turnout of over 2.5 million pilgrims from 160 different nations.
As the day of Arafah draws closer, the Hajj pilgrims will begin their procession toward Mina.
The Hajj pilgrimages in white robes have started praying as they circle the Kaaba, that is the cube-shaped building at the heart of Islam’s holiest site.
— Dr Naveed (@navd0343) June 27, 2023
The tawaf, which is the act of going around the Kaaba seven times, kicked off the yearly journey in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. This event is expected to draw more people than ever before.
“This year, we will witness the largest Hajj pilgrimage in history,” said an official at the Saudi Ministry of Hajj 2023 and Umrah.
Since the coronavirus outbreak limits have been lifted, more than 2.5 million Muslims are expected to take part.
Let us just raise our hands to receive the blessings for this day.
Today is the day of Arafah, the best day of the entire year. ❤️
Oh Allah, forgive our sins, 😭🤲, accept our prayers, and make us among the pious Muslims. 😭 Ameen. pic.twitter.com/9qMQyW96oI
— Rana Ahsan (@ahsanyamin64) June 27, 2023
In that year, only 10,000 people could take part. In 2021, there was a limit of 59,000, and in 2016, there was a limit of one million. “These are the best days of my life,” a 65-year-old Egyptian named Abdelazim told the AFP news agency at the site. He had saved money for 20 years to pay the $6000 fee he had to pay to attend.
On Sunday night, the travelers will start making their way to Mina, which is about 5 miles (8 km) from Mecca’s al-Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque. They will then meet at Mount Arafat, where it is thought that Prophet Muhammad gave his last speech.
Food and security troops have been sent to Mina to get it ready for the visitors.